Looking for Dorian
Toronto native Tony Marriott started his career as an independent singer/songwriter early in his youth, inspired by Brit-Rock albums of the past ie; Beatles, Kinks, and Led Zeppelin. Garage rock lineups often included the youthful bassist/guitarist, but his talents grew faster than most and he found himself working as bassist in Vancouver at the age of 16. Later indulging in what he described as his 'jazz phase,' he enlisted himself at the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, where he roomed and played in several bands with the late Jeff Buckley. Two more years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston gave him the training he desired, and he soon became a working musician in California, playing with several high profile r&b musicians in the San Francisco area, and also with many alternative and improv groups during his stay there. He began writing more frequently, and after moving back to Vancouver in 1997, he wrote and eventually recorded his 1999 debut, Looking For Dorian. A self-produced 11 song disc with wistful, haunting melodies, razor-sharp lyrics and heavily layered guitars. Combining a deep understanding of melody, song structure, and feel, Tony has proven with 'Looking for Dorian' that his time to step out of the shadows is long overdue. His newest release 'The Bad Machine' continues where the first left off. His skills as a producer are now more developed, while the songs and musicianship continue to satisfy. Chord progressions are sophisticated without seeming overly complex, as are the lyrics. The songs all feature memorable musical and lyrical hooks with arrangements that feel natural without ever sounding predictable.